Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Final Destination (2000)

Director: James Wong

Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong, Jeffrey Reddick

Composer: Shirley Walker

Starring: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith, Kristen Cloke, Daniel Roebuck, Roger Guenveur Smith, Chad Donella, Seann William Scott, Tony Todd

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Most people have dreams. For Alex, this is real.

Plot: After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Nope.


So here's a neat premise.  I was pretty engaged with it until the last 20 minutes when I was sooooooo ready for it to stop.  That sequence at the end with the girl in the car and the power line went on forever and it was way too elaborate which means it went on far too long.  The final shot of the picture was pretty neat but not nearly as cool if they had all died.  That would have been a badass ending.  I would have preferred that the theory put forth by the mortician (Tony Todd) was all horseshit and futile and that everyone would snuff it because that's the way the world turns. I'm guessing the reason two of them were left alive is for the sequel.  I wouldn't know because even though the kills in this were cool and elaborate (I really dug those parts), it's not enough for me to continue with the series.  When just about everyone says this first picture is the best of the bunch, I don't want to sit through 90 minutes of so-so for the odd minute or two of seeing some dumb teen getting whacked in some over-the-top way.  Oh, wait, maybe I do.  No.

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